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Natto – a powerful super food

Have you tasted natto before? It is the gooey, sticky, and stinky fermented soybeans found in Japanese cuisine. A traditional food made from cooked soybeans fermented with the Bacillus subtilis natto starter, natto has been served in Japanese household for breakfast for thousands of years [1]. Natto is not particularly appealing in look, and it […]

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Do I need to go gluten-free?

In recent years, following a gluten-free diet has become increasingly popular in Western countries. In the United States for example, the estimated population adhering to a gluten-free diet without celiac disease has more than tripled to 1.69% in 2013-2014 compared to only 0.52% in 2009-2010 [1]. Another survey conducted in Australia found 7.3% of the […]

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Healing eczema

Eczema, or Atopic dermatitis, is a chronic or recurring inflammatory skin disease that affects both children and adults. It usually begins in childhood and can last until adulthood, or even manifests the first time in adulthood. This condition is getting more common now as it affects up to 20% children and 3% of adults worldwide […]

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What is “Detox”?

Most people must have heard something about “detox” these days with many health products being commercially marketed to have detox benefits. We can find detox diet, detox supplements, detox programme, detox juices, detox smoothies, detox massage, detox essential oil, detox soap, etc. And the list goes on.  It seems like anything and everything can have […]

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Virgin coconut oil: Potential health benefits and controversies

Virgin coconut oil (VCO) is growing in popularity. It can now be found on the shelves of most health food stores and in the health foods section of major supermarkets. Coconut oil was once a popular cooking oil in many tropical countries, including countries in the South East Asia. However, since the 1980s, with research […]

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Zinc – The element of good health

Are you feeling tired, low mood, loss of appetite, indigestion, and catch a cold easily? Chances are, your body may be low in zinc. Zinc is such a critical element in human health that even a small deficiency can have a detrimental effect. Lack of zinc can lead to a wide range of nonspecific symptoms […]

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Essential Oils for Everyday Use

I use essential oils daily for nearly to a year now. Before that, like many people, I only knew essential oils as those fragrance oils that produce the nice smell from candle light burners – that’s all.  A friend of mine introduced me to the Young Living Essential Oils earlier this year; I have since […]

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Recovering From Eczema

It has been a while since I last wrote on this blog. I was down with a serious case of eczema (Atopic dermatitis) [1] for the last three months. My both hands were flaking, swelling, blistering, and occasionally oozing – I could barely recognize my bloated hands at times. I also had random rashes and […]